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07 Jun 2024, 9:08 am

I'm not sure if this goes here but I'm assuming "media representation" means neurodivergent rep in general. As someone with high anxiety I have mixed feelings about her. I enjoy seeing anxiety finally being represented in media, especially considering it's a girl representing anxiety (and I always thought Riley was autistic) but I feel like it's just being used as an adjective or even a label and not actual anxiety.


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10 Jun 2024, 12:41 am

I found it odd that anxiety is treated as a brand new emotion when she had Fear in the first movie. Isn't anxiety just another term for fear?


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10 Jun 2024, 9:26 am

MagicMeerkat wrote:
I found it odd that anxiety is treated as a brand new emotion when she had Fear in the first movie. Isn't anxiety just another term for fear?


I think it might be a personified version of anxiety as a disorder.


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10 Jun 2024, 6:49 pm

ElmersTrueLove wrote:
MagicMeerkat wrote:
I found it odd that anxiety is treated as a brand new emotion when she had Fear in the first movie. Isn't anxiety just another term for fear?


I think it might be a personified version of anxiety as a disorder.


That's actually a good point. Fear is such a common emotion for her that she needs two representations for it. If I was making this movie though and the idea was she had an anxiety disorder, I'd give her a few more...to the point the other emotions feel crowded out to emphasize on how anxiety can feel. Then Riley is seen going to therapy and learning healthy coping skills and the little fear people are shown slowy fading out of existence. She will always have a few extra fear characters, but the other character emotions know how to deal with them.


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14 Jun 2024, 11:13 am

UPDATE AND SPOILERS

I can confirm it is indeed the disorder.


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18 Jun 2024, 12:59 pm

Eh.
In my opinion; anxiety is actually... A very versatile (and actually the point of it -- a volatile) emotion.

That is, if, one knows what they're doing with it.

It's just commonly experienced way of feeling anxiety is leaning towards 'fear' and 'worry'; the hardwired instincts of self preservation, generally easiest and the most common thing that anxiety amplifies.

But it's more like...
Traction of the mind and feelings, amplified past, present and future -- than just simple triggers of fight, flight, flee, freeze, fawn...
In which all those responses and forces, if one's "anxiety" is "intelligent"; can be used.

So it's more like a fricking nitro IMO :lol: except not everyone knows how to use it properly.
Especially at childhood or puberty, or if adults "rely" too much on it.

However, excess use is unhealthy. Duh. :lol:
Like too much fear, too much anger, too much sadness, etc.

Too sensitive X leads to some form of numbness. Too much thought is very much like sensory overload is if it's on the outside.


Why does one think certain psych meds do is to turn the mind down? :lol:
Or that relaxation techniques is to turn down the mind's overthinking?


To me, anxiety is a form of amplification.

Not just the overthinking, the overacting and the disorder itself -- those are just the outcomes of what it is amplifying.
Even positive emotions like, say, joy (hah!) -- it results stuff like excitement.

And it's the lack of regulation of such amplification IS the disorder.



I've recently watched.
And to me, "representational wise"? Meh.
Could care less. And I don't see it except as an abstract of what it does.

Since it's about puberty -- I sort of wish my anxiety was THAT reliable at that age. :lol:
Instead mine fuels hiding some form of grieving and amplifies daydreaming and binging in anger instead of striving to excel at whatever.


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